how to do a handstand

Do you want to learn how to do a handstand?

Are you a little scared of trying it without some kinda support or “safety net?”

Then, you may want to consider easing your way into it by learning how to do a handstand against the wall first.

I’m not very proficient in walking on my hands

Much less doing a handstand.

But, I can assure you, I’m quite the master at popping into a handstand against the wall.

What You Need for Handstands Against the Wall

handstand pushupsGet a thick mat for shock absorption because you need a little cushion for landing.

Always wear shoes for safety.

When you master handstands against the wall…

Going shoeless is definitely an option.

How to Do a Handstand Against the Wall

  1. Place your palms on the ground about shoulder-width apart with your fingertips about 6-12 inches from the wall.
  2. Keep your arms extended, look toward your hands.
  3. Stagger your feet, then explosively press through the balls of your feet and aim for your heels to connect with the wall.
  4. Extend your legs and allow them to balance you with the support of the wall.
  5. Hold this position for 5-10 seconds at first.
  6. When you are finished, collapse your knees and bring your feet down toward the ground.  Your first attempt may not be graceful, hence the mat and shoes for shock absorption.

A Few Precautions for Handstands Against the Wall

pike push upsIf getting into the straight-arm position is too difficult…

Ease into this exercise by mimicking the same movement sequence as the Tripod exercise.

Once your legs are balanced on the wall, slowly walk your hands to the side of your head.

Return to the mat in the same sequence as listed above.

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I’d love to know how you do with this exercise.

I understand that not everyone will be able to do it.

If you aren’t able to or have any reservations, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Till later…

Dale


Disclaimer

You should consult a qualified medical professional before starting this or any other health & fitness program.  As with any exercise or diet program, if at any time you experience any discomfort, pain or duress of any sort, stop immediately and consult your physician.  The creators, producers, participants, advertisers and distributors of this program disclaim any liabilities or losses in connection with the exercises or advice herein.  Any equipment or workout area that is used should be thoroughly inspected as free of danger, flaw or compromise, ahead of use and the user assumes all responsibility when performing any movements contained in this blog.
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Dale L. Roberts

My name is Dale Lewis Roberts and I'm an American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer, Certified, with an ACE specialty certification in Senior Fitness. Since beginning my personal training career in 2006, I have earned numerous certifications in personal training, yoga, nutritional coaching, among others. I have worked with hundreds of clients with a variety of health & fitness goals.

While my greatest passions are health & fitness, writing and reading, I also love to spend time traveling with my wife, watching pro wrestling and playing guitar. I currently reside in Columbus, Ohio, with my wife, Kelli, and our rescue cat, Izzie.
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